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ABA seeks supervisory and enforcement standards consistent with Inclusive Communities

The American Bankers Association has sent a letter to the DOJ, Fed, OCC, FDIC, HUD and CFPB requesting confirmation “in interagency guidance, updated exam procedures, and where appropriate amended regulations that the...more

HUD announces proposed rule implementing expanded Violence Against Women Act protections

Last week, HUD has announced a proposed rule to implement protections arising under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2103 (VAWA). The reauthorization added a number of programs covered by VAWA, including...more

U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability. The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a...more

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are...more

Court Tosses HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule: Is Protection for Lenders from Disparate Impact Claims on the Horizon?

Since the 1970s, courts have routinely held that the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., may remedy housing discrimination proven through use of the disparate impact theory. The doctrine of disparate impact permits a...more

Federal court strikes down HUD’s disparate impact regulations

On Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a scathing opinion that struck down HUD’s disparate impact rule. The disparate impact rule, also referred to as a ”discriminatory effects”...more

Court Rules Disparate Impact Claims Cannot Be Made Under Fair Housing Act

Earlier this week, a federal district court judge struck down a regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which would have allowed for claims of housing discrimination to be based on...more

Disparate impact on the ropes: federal district court vacates HUD rule

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. dealt a heavy blow on Monday to HUD’s position that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In American Insurance Association v. U.S. Department of...more

Inclusive Communities Project case summary

On March 24, 2014, the Fifth Circuit was the first Circuit to directly adopt HUD’s new disparate impact rule. Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dep’t of Hous., 2014 WL 1257127 (5th Cir. Mar. 24, 2014). Now, a challenge...more

Mt. Holly Gardens files merits brief

Although settlement discussions are continuing, the respondents in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., filed their merits brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on October 21. (The Township’s...more

Petitioners in Mt. Holly file brief in Supreme Court responding to Solicitor General

The Township of Mount Holly and other petitioners for certiorari in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. filed a brief on May 24, 2013 in the U.S. Supreme Court replying to the brief filed by...more

Proposed “Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights And Fairness Act” Will Have Huge Impact On Government And Business

California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, Civil Code Section 51, generally provides that all persons within California are free and equal, regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability,...more

Can ‘Disparate Impact’ Become the Basis for a Fair-Lending Claim?

As part of its aggressive program to protect consumers in financial matters, the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) has announced that it is prepared to adopt a controversial “disparate impact” theory of liability...more

New California Employment Laws Signed by Governor Brown

On September 30, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several bills applicable to California employers that were passed by the Legislature during its 2011-2012 regular session. We are providing this brief summary to...more

Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't: Origination of "Qualified" Residential Mortgages May Trigger Disparate Impact Fair Lending...

Federal fair lending laws prohibit discrimination in credit transactions. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) and the Fair Housing Act prohibit discrimination in mortgage lending on the basis of certain factors...more

U.S. Department of Justice Turns Spotlight on Disparate Impact Discrimination Claims

Fair lending is back with a giant thud! In addition to the regulatory burdens imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act, financial institutions must now adjust to the potential of a new round of discrimination claims that are...more

District of Columbia Launches Fair Housing Enforcement Campaign

The Office of Human Rights for the District of Columbia recently announced a new advertising campaign to educate residents about anti-discrimination laws related to housing. The campaign seeks to expand awareness and educate...more

Will Mount Holly go the distance where Saint Paul did not?

The Township of Mount Holly, New Jersey has filed a petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court raising the issue of whether disparate impact claims are available under the Fair Housing Act. You can see a copy of the...more

Justice Department Extends Deadline for Swimming Pool Compliance Accessibility under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Hotel and resort owners are keenly interested in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), because of its multiple requirements for removing accessibility barriers that hinder disabled persons from use of...more

HUD Proposal Would Impose “Disparate Impact” Regulation on Property Insurance

Originally published in Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 27 No. 11 on June 8, 2012. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a Fair Housing Act rule that would increase...more

Mortgage Insurer Settles DOJ Discrimination Suit

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the settlement of a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), which the DOJ described as “the department’s first involving...more

Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill

Govenor Patrick recently signed into law “An Act Relative to Gender Identity”. The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in a variety of areas, including education, housing, credit and employment. ...more

MAP Act 90-Day Statute of Limitations Applies to Ordinances Adopted Under Authority of the Act

Plaintiffs were owners of condominium units designated "Below Market Rate" ("BMR") under the BMR Condominium Conversion Program created by the City and County of San Francisco ("City") under the authority of the Subdivision...more

"Recent Supreme Court Actions Likely to Affect Fair Lending 'Disparate Impact' Litigation and Enforcement"

Judges, practitioners and academics have debated for a number of years whether the legal theory of “disparate impact” discrimination, which the Supreme Court first articulated in the employment discrimination context, can be...more

Supreme Court to Decide Fair Housing Act “Disparate Impact” Case with Broader Fair Lending Implications

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether “disparate impact” discrimination claims are cognizable under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and, if so, how such claims should be analyzed. The Court’s decision,...more

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